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David Davis visits East of England

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis has spent the day in Cambridge visiting a variety of businesses to get their views ahead of negotiations to leave the EU.

David Davis at Cancer Research UK in Cambridge

David Davis at Cancer Research UK in Cambridge

Throughout his visit, Mr Davis reassured businesses that we will listen to their concerns and ensure our new relationship with the EU works for business.

As part of a full day tour, Mr Davis visited AstraZeneca in Cambridge to see their new £330m global research and development centre and headquarters.

The Secretary of State also had the opportunity to see the research being undertaken at the University of Cambridge on the Biomedical Campus. This included the world-class work at Cancer Research UK.

During the day, David Davis also visited and met with:

  • The Lodge Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire
  • ARM, a European tech company based in Cambridge
  • Academics from University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University and members of Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic member group

Speaking during his visit, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said:

Cambridge makes an enormous contribution to the UK economy and our global reputation for innovation.

As the UK exits the EU, we are determined that our country remains a great place to invest and do business which is why we are listening to all regions of the UK to inform our negotiating priorities.

The visit was part of an ongoing series of engagements with organisations, companies and institutions across the UK in order to build a national consensus around our negotiating position. This includes understanding how EU legislation affects each sector and what risks and opportunities people see as the UK exits the EU.

Published 8 December 2016